The Dothideomycetes class contains many fungal plant pathogens, typically causing destructive diseases in crops (such as vegetables, wheat, and corn).
Initially spots of limited size, slightly concave, appear at the peduncular scar of some fruits, or near growth cracks or various wounds. They gradually spread with a fairly typical dark brown to black colour. The lesions decay further while their perimeter is clearly identified. They eventually cover a large proportion of ripe or unripe fruits if the environmental conditions are favourable. Whatever their development stage, the fruits undergo internal rot extending to the seeds. Brown to black globular structures, pycnidia, can be observed in the damaged tissues. They are spherical and irregularly shaped, ostiolate, and contain many hyaline and unicellular conidia, containing two lipid droplets.
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